Often when we talk about Lent, we focus on the Gospel stories that tell of Jesus spending 40 days fasting in the wilderness. This focus can lead us on an inward journey focusing on our own individual faith. But this is a modern, post-humanist understanding of religion and spirituality. For much of human history, understanding faith and our relationship with God was inseparable from our understanding of community, family, and congregation.
In reality, while most of us have been taught to understand reconciliation and salvation as something each individual experiences, it is our corporate identity that needs our attention. How can we move towards being the Beloved Community without diving more deeply into understanding what community is, how it is formed, and how God calls us to love as a congregation.
And in a time when the bonds of community and congregation have been tested, in this pandemic time of physical distancing, we will take this season to strengthen our understanding of what it means to live our lives as evidence of a people on a journey towards the Beloved Community of God. You are invited to receive a “Lent at Home” kit and share in spiritual practices, reflection and creativity together.
“Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites; hate tears down and destroys. The aftermath of the ‘fight with fire’ method which you suggest is bitterness and chaos, the aftermath of the love method is reconciliation and creation of the beloved community. Physical force can repress, restrain, coerce, destroy, but it cannot create and organize anything permanent; only love can do that. Yes, love—which means understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill, even for one’s enemies—is the solution to the race problem.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957
We will also offer a new option for experiencing the worship service together during Lent. The Coffee Hour link will open at 9:30 am on Sundays as a Virtual Narthex. You can still watch on worship at 10:00 am on YouTube or Facebook, or those who wish can stay and watch together on Zoom (a pastor or a Tech Deacon will share the worship video beginning at 10:00 am). After the service is ended, Coffee Hour will be hosted as usual.